Graduate – Masters in Professional Writing

Georgia’s Premier Professional Writing Degree

The Master of Arts in Professional Writing (MAPW) will prepare you for a writing career in television, film, education, publishing, business, and the literary arts.

This graduate degree addresses creative writing, screenwriting, scriptwriting, novels, poetry, technical writing, web writing, social media messaging, and much more.  Hone your craft as you gain valuable writing and publishing experience and knowledge.

Choose two from three concentrations to align with your career goals:

  • Applied Writing: public service writing, grant & proposal writing, technical writing, feature writing, social media writing, multimodal editing, web design
  • Composition & Rhetoric: teaching writing, rhetoric studies, workplace writing, multimodal writing, computers & writing
  • Creative Writing: fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, playwriting, and TV & screenwriting

By selecting your concentration and support areas and your capstone topic and format, you can target your classes, writings, and projects to address your professional and creative goals. As you become experienced in producing and analyzing business, technical, journalistic, and creative texts, you’ll develop a sophisticated understanding of style, structure, and audience.

As a graduate, you’ll have the skills in writing that can move in many directions during your career; you will become a flexible writer who can tune in to the writing conventions of a given genre, adapting your writing style to the requirements of various rhetorical contexts in today’s print, electronic and multimodal environments.

Additional resources of particular importance to the program faculty and students are the Kennesaw State University Writing Center, the Kennesaw Mountain National Writing Project, and the Georgia Writers Association.

What can you do with a writing career?

With the KSU professional writing degree, you can choose from a range of careers, including:

  • Technical writer/editor
  • Playwright
  • Communications coordinator/manager/director
  • Podcaster
  • Professor/academic
  • Editor
  • Public relations professional
  • Journalist
  • Columnist

Professional Writing Salary and Career Information

A career in professional writing offers many paths that can easily align with your current and future goals. Below are just a few jobs achievable with a master’s degree in professional writing from KSU.

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics and O*Net Online

Non-degree Certificates

If you are a community writer who does not wish to seek a full graduate degree, you may want to study in our Creative Writing Certificate program (CWC). MAPW also offers certificate programs in Professional Editing and Publication (PEP) and Writing for International Audiences (WIA).

Double Owl Pathways

If you are a KSU undergraduate, you might want to gain graduate-level credit through the Double Owl Pathway program.

Professional Writing Degree Benefits at Kennesaw State

Expertise - Your professors are prize-winning authors and credited screenwriters who will share their knowledge and mentor you. You'll also benefit from their research and community connections.

Creativity - The small, supportive classes, often 20 students or less, lively foster discussion.

Convenience - You can choose to enroll full-time or part-time. Most courses face and meet one night per week, though a few are online or hybrid.

Focus - Address your specific interests and career goals as you choose your concentration -- Creative Writing, Applied Writing, or Composition and Rhetoric - and your capstone topic and format.

Experience - You can apply to be a graduate assistant, receive a tuition waiver and annual stipend, and gain experience in teaching or research.

Why is KSU’s Professional Writing degree the Best Writing Program in Georgia and the Best College for Writers?

  • Your professors have published authors and credited screenwriters who will share their expertise and mentor you. You’ll also benefit from their innovative research and professional connections.

  • Most MAPW students are 25-35 years old and work full-time. The small classes, 20 students or less, and supportive atmosphere foster creativity and lively discussion. The author's readings, guest lectures, events, conferences, and internships complement course content.

  • You can choose to enroll full-time or part-time. Most classes meet one night per week, Monday through Thursday. Most courses are face-to-face, though a few are online or hybrid. Expect to spend 10-20 hours a week on assignments. Most students complete the program in 2-3 years.

  • If your goals include teaching or research, you can apply to be a Graduate Assistant and receive a tuition waiver and annual stipend. February 1 is the priority application deadline for those interested in Graduate Assistantships.

  • KSU’s professional writing program costs are lower than many of its competitors.  Be sure to explore tuition reimbursement, scholarship, and financial aid opportunities, including a graduate assistantship.

  • Since 1995, Atlanta writers and writers from across the state, region, and beyond have come to this master’s program for instruction, camaraderie, and encouragement, and they have found success, both as students and alumni.  The program has added courses to stay relevant in the ever-changing world of communications.


Department Contact Information

Kennesaw State
University Department of English

440 Bartow Ave
Kennesaw, Georgia, 30144-5501
Kennesaw Campus
English Bldg (EB 440), Rm 163

Phone: 470-578-3335


Program tuition is an estimate based on the average student's time to complete. Costs for books, travel, other miscellaneous fees (parking, labs, graduation, etc.) are not included. Tuition and fee charges are posted in the Spring and are effective for the Fall semester. Please note that fees are subject to change at the end of any academic term without prior notice. For additional information, see tuition and fees